09.26.16

M&T talk to FEMAIL about breaking free from music industry clichés

Following in the footsteps of Carrie Underwood, 33, and Miranda Lambert, 32, Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye (AKA Maddie & Tae), both 21, are the latest country stars to take on the fashion industry.

The singer/songwriters took time off from supporting Brad Paisley on tour to speak with FEMAIL at the launch of their new capsule collection with Bloomingdale's.

The CMA award-winning duo shared their design process, why they think the typical 'country look' is changing and their favorite pieces for fall.

Stylish duo: Madison Marlow, 21, (left) and Taylor Dye, 21, (right) of Maddie & Tae attended the launch of their new fashion collection with Bloomingdale's last week in New York City

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Stylish duo: Madison Marlow, 21, (left) and Taylor Dye, 21, (right) of Maddie & Tae attended the launch of their new fashion collection with Bloomingdale's last week in New York City

Maddie and Tae met in 2010 at a showcase held by their singing coach in Dallas. As soon as the girls graduated high school, they moved to Nashville together and launched their careers as a country duo.

Since then the 'Girl in a Country Song' singers have released four hit singles and are now set to take the fashion world by storm.

'We knew nothing about fashion until probably like six months ago. We attended New York Fashion Week last February, and we thought it was really interesting and fun and realized fashion could be another way to express ourselves,' Maddie told Femail.

'We really wanted to dive into the fashion world. We’re definitely not experts, but we wanted to learn a lot more,' added Tae.

Talented pair: Maddie & Tae show off their killer style as they performed at a concert at Jones Beach Theater in NY over the summer

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Talented pair: Maddie & Tae show off their killer style as they performed at a concert at Jones Beach Theater in NY over the summer

The duo was so excited to collaborate with Bloomingdale's because, according to Tae, 'they let us incorporate the things that we love, our style, our fashions and our youthful perspective.'

When it came down to designing, comfort was the women's biggest concern. 'We learned the hard way on red carpets to not wear uncomfortable stuff. It's just not worth it, if you don’t feel good in it,' said Maddie.

'That's why every piece in this line is comfortable and it’s stuff that we would genuinely wear on stage.'

Double trouble: Maddie & Tae took NYFW by storm last week. Here they are backstage at the Georgine show

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Double trouble: Maddie & Tae took NYFW by storm last week. Here they are backstage at the Georgine show

The duo couldn't contain their excitement after Ralph Lauren and Anna Sui sent Western-inspired pieces down their runways at NYFW last week.

'We went to the Anna Sui show and Gigi Hadid opens the show in a cowboy hat and I’m like "this is awesome!"' said Maddie.

'It would make the Grand Ole Opry very proud, I can tell you that,' Tae added.

Although the girls love to rock big belt buckles and fringe boots on stage, they feel there is no longer a 'typical country music look' that they have to strive to achieve, and they are free to wear anything they want.

"I feel if your lifestyle and your music is country, what does it matter what you’re wearing as long as you feel comfortable,' said Tae.  

'We’re country at heart and that's what always shines through.'

Their capsule collection with Bloomingdale's includes dresses, separates and outerwear. Prices range from $38 - $498.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3798610/Not-average-Girls-Country-Song-singers-Maddie-Tae-unveil-new-Bloomingdale-s-collection-talk-FEMAIL-breaking-free-music-industry-clich-s.html#ixzz4LZW8N8BP

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